Loneliness and isolation

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Loneliness and isolation

Why it matters

In 2022, 50% of adults in the UK reported feeling lonely occasionally, sometimes, often or always.(Campaign to End Loneliness)

Loneliness and isolation is considered to be one of the most pressing public health problems that the UK is currently facing, recognised by the World Health Organization. The effects of being lonely and socially isolated are vast, and affect all areas of health, wellbeing and development – from serious medical conditions, to education and employment implications.

We know that a lack of equality and diversity contributes to people feeling lonely and isolated, and how important it is that libraries provide spaces and events where anyone can feel they belong.

What we can do about it

Our Libraries for Life campaign

Our libraries become warm banks each winter, providing support and facilities to help people struggling due to the cost-of-living crisis.

Our Home Library Service

Our Home Library Service volunteers deliver books to people unable to get to the library because of health, mobility or caring responsibilities.

We run and host events and groups 

Our wellbeing programme includes knit and natter groups, walking groups, dementia groups and menopause cafes.

Libraries Unlimited believes…

…in the unlimited potential of library services to make a positive difference to people’s lives and communities through a shared love of reading and access to high quality information and facilities.